Very Pretty Vandyke Border

Very pretty vandyke border from Corelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting

From Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. Original text at Project Gutenberg.

Original Pattern

Pins No. 19, and No. 10 boar’s-head thread.

First row:—Cast on 10 stitches, slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice over the pin, knit 2 together, knit 1 plain.

Second row:—Slip 1, knit 1, knit half the stitch turned twice over the needle, seam the other half, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Third row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 4 plain stitches.

Fourth row:—Make a stitch, knit 4, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Fifth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice round the pin, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice round the pin, knit 2 together, knit 1 plain.

Sixth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, knit the first half of the double stitch, seam the other half, knit 1, knit the first half of the double stitch, seam the other half, knit 2 plain, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Seventh row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit the remainder of the stitches plain.

Eighth row:—Knit 9 plain stitches, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Ninth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice over the needle, knit 2 together. Repeat this 3 times. Knit 1 plain stitch.

Tenth row:—Knit 2, knit first half of double stitch, seam the other half, knit 1 double stitch as before, knit 1, knit double stitch as before, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Eleventh row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 10 plain stitches.

Twelfth row:—Knit 3 plain stitches, knit 2 together, knit 5, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1 plain, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Thirteenth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice over the needle, and knit 2 together. Repeat this 4 times. Knit 1 plain.

Fourteenth row:—Knit 2, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Fifteenth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit the remaining stitches plain.

Sixteenth row:—Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 5, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Seventeenth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, pass the thread twice over the needle, and knit 2 together. Repeat this 5 times. Knit 1.

Eighteenth row:—Knit 2, double stitch as before, knit 1 plain, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 1, double stitch as before, knit 2, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.

Nineteenth row:—Slip 1, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit the remainder of the stitches plain.

Twentieth row:—Cast off all the stitches but 10 (there should be 23 in all), knit 5 plain, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together, knit 1, bring the thread forward, knit 2 together.
This completes 1 vandyke. You then begin again from the first row, and repeat these 20 rows till sufficient length is done.

Updated Version

Abbreviations

k = knit
yo = yarn over (bring yarn forward between the needles and to back over right needle)
k2tog = knit two together
sl = slip stitch from left hand needle to right hand needle as if to purl
w2 = wrap yarn twice around right needle
kpws = knit and purl the wrapped stitches
psso = pass slipped stitch over

Cast on 10 sts.

Row 1: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, w2 k2tog, k 1.

Row 2: Sl 1, k 1, kpws, k 2, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 3: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 4.

Row 4: Yo, k 6, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 5: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, w2, k2tog, w2, k2tog, k 1.

Row 6: Sl 1, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 2, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 7: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 7.

Row 8: K 9, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 9: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, * w2, k2tog, repeat from * 2 more times, k 1.

Row 10: K 2, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 2, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 11: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 10.

Row 12: K 3, k2tog, k 7, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 13: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, * w2, and k2tog, repeat from * 3 more times, k 1.

Row 14: K 2, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 2, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 15: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 13.

Row 16: K 3, k2tog, k 3, k2tog, k 5, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 17: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, * w2, and k2tog, repeat from * 4 more times. k 1.

Row 18: K 2, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 1, kpws, k 2, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Row 19: Sl 1, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog, k 16.

Row 20: Bind off 13 sts (leaving 9 sts on left needle). K 4 , yo, k2tog, k 1, yo, k2tog.

Repeat rows 1-20 for desired length.

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